Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

A couple hours away from the hustle and bustle of Washington DC, there is a children’s museum tucked away in the town of Winchester. Featuring four floors of children’s activities, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum has plenty to offer for both typical and neurotypical children.

I took my kiddos out there today and we had a blast! There were plenty of sensory activities, I could see why other autism parents recommend this place.  Admissions prices were very reasonable too at $8 per person.

I don’t want to give away too many details, part of the fun in visiting a new place is discovering what it has to offer. But I will share some of the highlights.

The little guy was drawn to the maze, he couldn’t get enough of it. He made me climb through it with him too 🙂


Another floor had various tables of building toys – legos, Lincoln logs and even magna tiles! Those suckers are expensive and why we’ve never bought it. I’m glad the boys got a chance to play with them today. They’re really a lot of fun.


One of his other favorite activities was a water table.


Another cool feature of the museum – rooms to host birthday parties! We peeked in to see a mom setting up for her son’s party. She made this really cool gluten free rice krispy cake.


The little guy lasted an hour before feeling sensory overload. So we left to visit a toy store next door called Thinker Toys.


I love these little toy stores. They had plenty of Melissa and Doug toys as well as items you don’t see in a typical Toys R Us.  We picked up a few items, including this magnetic putty my oldest son had seen on a YouTube video.

By this time we were feeling hungry, so we walked over to CrepeWorx for a bite to eat.  They had gluten free crepes and had the usual sweet and savory offerings. I ordered the kids this peanut butter, Nutella and banana crepe.


Once they got over the fear of trying a new food the boys just attacked it! The little guy doesn’t normally eat any fruit. But I was able to sneak in some banana slices into his tummy.  It gave me some inspiration for making these at home (and maybe sneaking in a veggie or two). Of course anything drizzled in Nutella will taste great right?

Yes, that is Nutella on the little guy’s face and shirt!

By this time the boys were done, they started crying and having meltdowns. So we got back in the car and drove home.  The GPS took us for a scenic drive through the countryside. We got to see rolling hills displaying the colors of autumn. We also got to see various farm life like angus cows, sheep and horses grazing in the grass.

Our trip to the museum made for a really wonderful day trip. When winter comes and we can no longer go outside, I see myself making more of these drives to Winchester!

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